If music be the food of protest, Rokeby hopes to play on

Anna Perry presents her Rokeby protest song. NNL-161017-162205001
Anna Perry presents her Rokeby protest song. NNL-161017-162205001

Rokeby residents campaigning to keep their playing fields as an open space were given a pleasant surprise at the weekend.

Activists from SHARE (Sustainable Hillside and Rokeby Education) and SARD (Stop Ashlawn Road Development) who were staffing a stall in Rokeby Playing Fields on Saturday were treated to the first performance of a new campaign song.

Singer/songwriter Anna Perry took along her guitar and serenaded the activists.

Hillside resident and campaigner Michelle Lines said “I thought my afternoon would be spent working on the stall – instead we had an impromptu concert.

“It shows how local residents are coming together and using their own special talents to get a better plan for our town.”

Over the course of the day about 50 residents went along to the stall and discussed the improvements to the Local Plan they might suggest to the Council.

Some of the lyrics from Anna’s song are:

This space means so much for people’s wellbeing,

Don’t pull up the roots through your selfish undoing,

So follow your conscience and nature’s decree,

Children of the future want to be free,

Used by so many as a saving grace,

This beautiful field, our community space,

You propose to destroy what has just been planted,

This needed green land, don’t take it for granted.